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Wakefield Act

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WAKEFIELD ACT -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)

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Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 479, the Wakefield Act.

This legislation was introduced by Representative Jim Matheson, and was passed by the House last Congress. The bill reforms the Public Health Service Act to improve emergency medicine services for children.

The Wakefield Act would authorize grants to States and medical schools to purchase equipment for children requiring trauma or critical care. About 31 million children and adolescents visit emergency rooms every year, and more than 90 percent of them are seen in general hospitals, not in children's hospitals that are best equipped to treat them.

The bill also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to support projects that are based on scientific evidence, promote innovative technology, and provide information on health outcomes, including cost effectiveness. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 479.

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